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GIGABYTE BRIX s BXi5H-5200 Ultra Compact Mini PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 1, 2015 2:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

The Teardown

 

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Removing the PCB from the case is quite simple; however, there is no need to do this to install memory or storage.

 

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Here you can get a glimpse of the blower fan and the fan removed from the PCB. This setup is basically identical to the Intel NUC and GIGABYTE BRIX BXi7H-5500 I reviewed a few months ago, all of these models have 15W TDP CPUs.

 

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Intel's i5 5200U is an interesting chip with Intel's latest Broadwell microarchitecture. It can turbo to 2.7GHz, it has 2 cores with 4 threads from hyper threading, two HD graphics cores (Intel HD5500), and its PCH supports four USB 3.0 and a few SATA 6G ports.

 

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On the left are a bunch of chips used to provide power to the onboard devices like the CPU and memory. The NCP81110 is a single phase PWM+drivers+MOSFETs with the VRD12.6 standard for Broadwell, it powers the CPU. There are three GSTek GS9238 (2 shown here), which are 8A buck converters used to power the memory and PCH. On the right, we have the Texas Instruments TSP51363 which is a 22v at 8A DC/DC converter responsible for handling all the power that comes into the BRIX, this is a critical part when it comes to power delivery, and the choice of the Texas Instruments part is a sound one.

 

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This is Intel's Wireless AC 3160 Dual Band Wi-Fi/BT card that supports Wireless AC to 867Mb/s. It is in the small M.2 form factor and we will see how it performs later on.

 

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The Realtek ALC283 is used for audio.

 

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The Realtek RT8111G is used for the GBit LAN port and the IT8773FN is the SuperIO in charge of monitoring and control of temperature, voltage, and the fan.

 

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A single 64Mbit/8MB BIOS ROM is used for the UEFI, and this NXP P3366 is a level shifter for the HDMI port.

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